Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers host UNC Asheville and High Point over 2016 homecoming weekend

Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers host UNC Asheville and High Point over 2016 homecoming weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues its home stand at the Buccaneer Field House this weekend as CSU hosts UNC Asheville and High Point as a part of the 2016 homecoming festivities. The Bucs will host UNC Asheville on Friday night in CSU's annual Dig Pink match with first serve set for 7 p.m. CSU will host High Point on Saturday afternoon with first serve scheduled for 2 p.m.

Live Stats for both matches will be provided at CSUSports.com. Live updates during the match will be provided on Twitter: @CSUGameDay

CSU Volleyball Match Notes vs. UNC Asheville*, vs. High Point*

Scouting UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville enters the Friday night matchup against the Buccaneers posting a three-match winning streak since their 3-1 loss at home to Charleston Southern on October 11. The Bulldogs topped Winthrop, High Point, and Presbyterian during the stretch to improve to 4-5 in Big South Conference play on the season. The Bulldogs have been led by Cara Guthrie's 3.27 kills per set, while Madison Vaughn is the hitting leader at .313 on the season. Kailey Hackett (5.34) and Carter Kennedy (5.00) lead Asheville in assists per set, while Madisen Zyburt (3.95) is the digs leader. Vaughn is the Bulldogs' blocking leader with 0.96 blocks per set. 

Scouting High Point
High Point enters the weekend coming off of back-to-back losses at UNC Asheville and at home against Campbell. The Panthers were on a five-match winning streak prior to the beginning of the losing streak. HPU will travel to Presbyterian on Friday night before their Saturday afternoon match at the Buccaneer Field House. Haley Barnes leads the Panthers with 3.37 kills per set, while Molly Livingston is the hitting leader at .295. Carly Jimenez (5.53) and Jenna Smith (5.47) combine to set up the Panthers' offense. Amy Pilat is the digs leader with 4.12 digs per set, while Jordan Hefner leads the HPU blocking efforts with 1.01 per set.

Previously this season against UNC Asheville, W, 3-1, on October 11
Charleston Southern improved to 4-0 in Big South Conference play as the Buccaneers topped UNC Asheville at the Justice Center in four sets, 25-19, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20. Addison Kaderli led four Bucs (9-11, 4-0) in double-digits with 17 kills as CSU hit .283 from the floor as a team in the conference victory. Kylie Klein (12), Connor Malone (11) and Hannah Western (10) joined Kaderli in double-digits as CSU continued their best conference-opening stretch since the 1988 season.

Liberty ends CSU winning streak at five; Bucs outlasted in five-set thriller
Liberty outlasted Charleston Southern in a five-set thriller in the Buccaneer Field House as CSU fell in Big South Conference play for the first time in the 2016 season. The Flames rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to take the 25-18, 12-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory. Hannah Western gave CSU the 8-7 lead at the crossover in the fifth set. The Bucs led 10-8 following a Macey LaPorte service ace and a Rachel Smith kill before Liberty's Leah Clayton took over. Clayton recorded a solo block and a trio of late kills to push the Flames to the 15-13 set win and hand CSU their first loss of the conference season.

Bucs against UNC Asheville/High Point under Mooberry
CSU is 2-2 against UNC Asheville under Head Coach Christy Mooberry. Both of the Bucs wins against the Bulldogs have come on the road in the Justice Center with CSU topping Asheville, 3-1, earlier this season. The Bucs are still looking for their first win against High Point under Mooberry. CSU enters the weekend with a 0-6 record against the Panthers dating back to the 2013 season. 

CSU begins Big South play with 5-0 record
You have to dig back into the record books to find the last time the Buccaneers opened Big South Conference play with five straight conference wins. CSU previously started conference play with a 5-0 record back in the 1988 season under Hall of Fame coach Amir Khaledi. CSU opened the season with a pair of home wins against Coastal Carolina and Radford on their way to posting a 5-1 record in conference play on the year. CSU went on to win the Big South regular season and tournament championships in the 1988 season. 

Big South Players of the Week
Charleston Southern has been well-decorated by the Big South Conference in the 2016 season with three Buccaneers receiving weekly honors by the conference office. Madison Martin (Defensive) and Brooke Monssen (Freshman) both received honors after leading CSU at the Bash in the Boro hosted by Georgia Southern. Rachel Smith joined the duo, earning Big South Freshman of the Week honors on September 26 after leading the Bucs to back-to-back Big South wins over Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian. Martin again received the honors this past week after averaging 5.85 digs per set and tying the CSU single match record with 36 digs in the 3-1 win over Radford. 

CSU Big South Weekly Award Winners
Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 6 - Madison Martin - Averaged 5.40 D/S, Four matches with 20+ digs
Oct. 17 - Madison Martin - Averaged 5.85 D/S, 36 digs in CSU's 3-1 win over Radford 

Freshman of the Week
Sept. 6 - Brooke Monssen - Averaged 2.55 K/S, 1.15 B/S, Double-digit kills in three matches
Sept. 26 - Rachel Smith - Averaged 8.38 A/S, 3.88 D/S, Double-Doubles in both CSU wins 

Chasing the NCAA Leaders
As a team, CSU sits among the national leaders in four separate categories on the 2016 season. The Bucs are sixth overall in team digs with 1,477, 13th in team service aces with 134, 15th in team total attacks with 3,194 and 17th in digs per set with 16.98.

30 Dig Matches
Madison Martin and Taylor Allman have both recorded a 30 dig match in the 2016 season. Allman recorded 31 digs in CSU's five-set loss to Western Carolina at the Catamount Volleyball Classic on the opening weekend. She added a career-high 36 digs in CSU's 3-1 win over Radford on October 14. Martin recorded the first 30-dig match of her collegiate career against Savannah State on September 1 at the Bash in the Boro and finished the weekend with four matches of 20+ digs. Allman currently holds CSU's single match record of 36 digs established in 2014 against Presbyterian on September 26. 

36 - Madison Martin vs. Radford, October 14
31 - Taylor Allman at Western Carolina, August 27
30 - Madison Martin vs. Savannah State, September 1

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